Ohtani, all is not lost for the Japanese pitcher at the end of the season

On Sunday, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim welcomed pitcher Shohei Ohtani again on the mound after he overcame a sore wrist, but slugge...

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On Sunday, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim welcomed pitcher Shohei Ohtani again on the mound after he overcame a sore wrist, but slugger Shohei Ohtani still has significant work to do down the stretch.

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In fact, he is chasing legends.

DAVID ORTIZ IN THE LOOK OF OHTANI

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Shohei Ohtani enters the month of September with the possibility of setting more records in MLB. AP Photo

The numbers speak for themselves in encapsulating Ohtani’s ridiculous form execution, but also, uh, they don’t, considering the digits on a page and the jaw-dropping WAR totals don’t necessarily indicate at first glance that he’s been doing this. on both sides of the ball.

Maybe a visual comparison could help? Okay, here we go. Imagine David Ortiz. Big Papi. The passionate bragging. Knees buckled, ready to unroll and send another baseball into the depths of the Boston night.

POWER IN THE ARM AND THE POWER IN THE DOLLS OF THE JAPANESE PHENOMENON

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The Japanese has had a better campaign after what happened in 2020 when it was believed that he had lost effectiveness and power. Photo Getty Images.

Okay, imagine that guy, then upgrade his power a bit. Move the slider up. Now go 9-1 on the mound with a 100 MPH fastball and 135 strikeouts in 112 innings.

Yes, as the remarkable Ohtani returns to the mound in an attempt to wipe out the league’s elite down the stretch, he’s also looking at a powerful record that Ortiz himself currently holds: most home runs in a single season from the spot. designated.

A DESIGNATED BATTER OF THE PERIOD

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Without a doubt, in the short time he has been in the Major Leagues, he has already become a. Superstar. AP Photo

Do youThe Angels star, Will Shohei Ohtani break David Ortiz’s designated hitter home run record?
In reality, although the record is within our grasp, the mountain is a bit more difficult to climb than it seems.

In the past 28 days, Ohtani is hitting just .202 with six home runs and 11 RBIs. But if Ohtani can regain his strength and even approach 65% of what he brought to the diamond every night during the first half of the season, we could see the record for the quintessential designated hitter fall, regained by a starting pitcher.

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